Memórias do Brasil is violinist Falcon's first mandolin recording in a program of elegant Brazilian choro and jazz. The CD features some originals and music from Jacob do Bandolim, Ernesto Nazareth, Hermeto Pascoal, Pixinguinha and Waldir Azevedo Choro originated in Rio de Janeiro in the 19th century, evolving from a blend of European styles like fado, polka, waltz,and mazurka and the emerging Afro-Brazilian samba, with arrangements that are typically rich and lush, moving easily from haunting melancholy to sheer joy. Tonight, Ted of the LA Choro Ensemble joins his brothers from the East.
"Ted Falcon's performance ... offered selections from his new album, Memorias do Brasil, a fascinating assemblage of classic choro and new originals driven by his mandolin and violin skills and rich compositional insights." - Los Angeles Times
Choro Ensemble captures the authentic, swinging sounds of Choro music with dazzling instrumental virtuosity. New York's only group dedicated exclusively to the preservation and perpetuation of this once-endangered musical form best identified with the celebrated composer Pixinguinha, Choro Ensemble play with a charming sound that moves from earthiness to elegance, with its own original contemporary Choros as well along with pearls of the repertoire. Featuring Pedro Ramos (cavaquinho and band leader), Carlinhos Almeida (7 string guitar), Gustavo Dantas (7 string guitar), Anat Cohen (clarinet) and Ze Mauricio (percussion), Choro Ensemble brings together some of the premier performers of Brazilian music in New York, who have individually and collectively played with Wynton Marsalis's Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Cyro Baptista's "Beat the Donkey", Yo Yo Ma, Beth Carvalho, Martinho da Vila, Zeca Pagodinho and Vernon Reid.
"Zé Mauricio lays down the Afro-Brazilian rhythmic base on pandeiro, while Pedro Ramos picks a wicked cavaquinho. . . Choro Ensemble's exuberance makes it sound simple, but that's deceptive: guitarist Gustavo Dantas manages contrapuntal complexity worthy of Bach. . . clarinetist Anat Cohen [is] sharp in her improvisations. . . choro is infectious!" - The Village Voice
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